Sports

Strong Nucleus of Seniors to Lead Large Group of Underclassmen

With a strong core of returning runners and a few new runners with extremely high potential, Andover’s track team has a promising season ahead. Captain Chase Potter ’09 said, “We have a very strong returning core of runners, who we will look to in order to lead us through the long season. This year’s team will rely mostly on strong underclassmen with a stable nucleus of seniors leading the way.” Many of the team’s athletes have been with the team for several years and have proven themselves strong leaders. However, a large part of the team is new. The track team is bigger than ever, and this size provides a vital depth not seen in recent years to the team. To uncover new talent, Coach Corbin Lang has all of the athletes that haven’t competed on the team participate in a decathlon. This decathlon introduces new athletes to many different events, such as pole vaulting, javelin, triple jump, hurdles, and many others. Along with a fantastic coaching staff, which include coaches such as Coach Lou Bernieri, Coach Dave Callum, and of course, Head Coach Corbin Lang, the student leaders are also important. Mide Babatunde ’09 and Potter, as well as returning uppers Charlie Diguilian ’10 and Ram Narayan ’10 will be leading the sprinters. Leading the ever-dominant distance team will be Eli Howe ’09 and Charlie Ganner ’10. For field events, Andover will look to veteran throwers Tyler Bond ’10 and Mike Bernieri ’10, as well as to returning vaulters Charlie Dong ’09 and Malin Adams ’09. Looking to build upon his success from indoor track, newcomer Bobby Vardaro ’10 is excited to be one of the best throwers in New England. The team is also expecting big things from indoor star Peter Hetzler ’10. Hetzler will be an important runner in the 400, and a member of the 4-by-400 Relay Team. Potter is also expected to do extremely well considering his strong finish against Exeter during the winter. The team understands that success must be earned, and Potter said, “We need to keep the end of the season goal in mind and not get down on ourselves if we have trouble early on.” The team’s first meet is this Saturday against Reading High School, where they will kick off their season on their home track.